Brewer jailed for indecent assault

A former Chetham's music director has been jailed for 6 years for indecently assaulting a pupil 30 years ago.

Michael Brewer was found guilty of five counts of indecent assault against Frances Andrade at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester.

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Choirmaster jailed for indecent assault

A choirmaster has been jailed for six years for sexually abusing a former pupil at Cheetham's school of music in Manchester.

Michael Brewer and his ex wife Hilary Brewer were found guilty of abusing Francis Andrade 30 years ago. She took her own life after giving evidence at the trial.

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The son of a woman who killed herself after telling a court her choirmaster sexually abused her is calling for an urgent review of witness care.

The former pupil of Manchester's famous Cheetham's music school took her life after being cross examined

Son pays tribute to abused mum

The son of an abused woman has paid tribute to her and called for more support for abuse victims.

Frances Andrade, 48, is believed to have killed herself after appearing at the trial of Michael and Hilary Brewer at Manchester Crown Court.

Mrs Andrade's son Oliver said having her personal integrity challenged in court was "more than she could bear".

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Sex abuse victim 'visibly agitated' as she gave evidence

48-year-old Frances Andrade, who was sexually assaulted as a child by the former director of music at Chetham's school of music, Michael Brewer, was visibly agitated as she gave evidence. She complained her molester was smiling at her in the dock.

I keep seeing Mike smiling and he is driving me mad. He is right there.

Judge Martin Rudland said Mrs Andrade had taken personal issue with some of Brewer's barrister's questions, Ms Kate Blackwell QC.

Ms Blackwell said she was "indulging in the realms of fantasy" and several times said her testimony was "simply not true". Mrs Andrade responded:

You are hugely insulting, even though it's your job. I just hope these things have never happened to you, I really do.

I am not in the realms of fantasy and I really understand why so many cases have not come to court.

The judge indicated that Miss Blackwell had acted perfectly properly and professionally in her line of questioning.

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